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The Political-Military Ideology of North Korea
Date Sunday March 24
Time 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorEugene E Ruyle
Emailcuyleruyle [at]
Location Details
NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)
Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library

The Political-Military Ideology of The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK/North Korea)

U.S. Marxists are often unfamiliar with the reigning ideology of the DPRK, for example, believing it to be Marxism-Leninism. The ideology, at least since the 1970s, has been Kimilsungism-Kimjungilism, or Juche (self-reliance) and Songun (military first). This presentation will cover the content of these ideologies and the historical conditions under which they arose, including the rejection of Marxism-Leninism for DPRK's socialist development. The armed liberation struggles against Japanese and US imperialism, especially from the 1930s to 1990s, are the context for DPRK ideology. Also briefly examined is Kim Jong Un's contemporary ideological addition of byungun (parallel development of nuclear forces and economic development). 
 The Presenter, Al Sargis, founder-director of the Friedrich Engels Institute of Marxist War And Military Analysis (FEIMWAMA), has studied socialist militaries in the USSR/Russia, GDR, PRC, SRV and DPRK. He has made presentations on these matters to military science and social science research institutes and universities in China.

Sun, Mar 24, 2019 – 10:30am-12:30pm
6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)

Seating is limited, so plan to come early. We start promptly.
FREE - but hat will be passed for donations to NPML

About Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library
A weekly discussion series inspired by our respect for the work of Karl Marx and our belief that his work will remain as important for the class struggles of the future as they have been for the past.

For info or to subscribe to our weekly announcements,
Call Gene Ruyle at 510-332-3865 or email: cuyleruyle [at]
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